Waffles are one of those things that are so easy to make I can’t help but wonder why anyone would ever buy store bought. The time you put in is so minimal and yet the flavor difference between homemade and store bought is extreme.
Josh and I have had our waffle iron since we got married. It was one of the items on our registry and let me say it gets used! We certainly use it more now that we have three boys who are always hungry, but even when it was just us waffle breakfasts were not uncommon.
I think the thing I like most about waffles is how versatile they are. Sure, you can go the traditional route and cover them in maple syrup. Are you one of those people that has to have syrup in every single hole??!
I know what you’re thinking, another granola recipe?! Yes, another granola recipe. What can I say, we LOVE our granola. What isn’t to love, salty, sweet, crunchy, nutty, oat goodness.
The boys have been scavenging for snacks lately and then it dawned on me. We didn’t have granola. I try to keep it around since they eat it all the time, yet somehow life got busy and we haven’t had any for a while. It was time to make a new flavor combining my beloved dark chocolate gingerbread granola and the boys’ favorite vanilla almond granola.
In our house granola is good any time of the day. It all starts at breakfast, either plain or with yogurt and fruit. Then for Sean’s second breakfast. Ya know, after big brothers have left for school and he’s hungry again before he goes to school.
Let me just say that I was not one of those children that grew up on pudding. We didn’t have pudding for dessert every night. I didn’t have a pudding cup packed in my lunch. Heck, I didn’t even pack a lunch. I went to a school that was grades K4-8 all in one building and about 90% of us walked home for lunch. In the snow and rain, not uphill.
I digress. The boys eat lunch at school and see lots of foods I won’t let them have. Pudding cups are one of them. I’ve made several different puddings for them and it’s been popular. They don’t get it often at all, so when they do it is a real treat.
For some time I’ve enjoyed following Liz over at My Favourite Pastime. I have made many delicious recipes from her site. Recently she had these scrumptious looking rolls I simply had to make. Was it the French name or how good they looked? I’m not sure, but I’m so glad I made them!
The boys were thrilled I made them as well. They do so love homemade breads and this was a definite winner. What isn’t to like, a light and fluffy roll with a sprinkle of sugar in top?!
The other day Sean noticed something on the counter. It went like this….
SEAN: Why is the popcorn bowl out Mommy?
ME: Because Daddy had popcorn?
SEAN: When did Daddy have popcorn?
ME: After you went to bed last night.
SEAN: That’s not fair. Why don’t we get any?
You can guess that I’ll never win this little discussion. Especially since Sean thinks he is always right! To avoid discussing this all day with him I let him know that the boys could have popcorn after school if everyone behaved.
Well Jack and Ewan got home from school and started homework immediately since it was a swim practice day. They had some fruit and nuts while they worked. Then Jack had a major meltdown over his spelling homework. Continue reading →
It’s still pumpkin season, yippee! My favorite time of year. We go through granola phases and I had an epiphany last time I roasted some pumpkins. I was going to roast the pumpkin seeds and then realized we were in need of granola. Gee, think maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and put the pumpkin seeds right in the granola and roast it all together?!
Sometimes I amaze myself! Okay, so maybe I’m not the first person to come up with this idea. It did save me from an extra set of dishes and two rounds of pans in the oven though. I’m all for that. Continue reading →
The boys and I watched an episode of Giada in Italy over the weekend and were inspired. She shared a recipe for a ricotta toast her grandfather used to make her for breakfast growing up. My boys thought it looked good and immediately asked if we could make it.
Of course I wasn’t about to deny my boys a chance to experiment in the kitchen! I’ve made desserts with ricotta and put it on savory toast so the idea of a sweet ricotta toast was fun. Continue reading →